Vampire’s Blood White Hot Chocolate

Vampire's Blood White Hot ChocolateIt’s mid-October… my favorite time of the year. Apparently I’m not the only one. My son was bouncing off the walls a few days ago and I asked him why he was acting so wild… he said he can’t help it because all of this favorite holidays are coming up and he is just so excited :) I don’t blame him. We are getting very festive around here, we decorated the mantle, visited the pumpkin patch and have started watching Halloween Movies! When I came across this recipe for Vampire’s Blood White Hot Chocolate from Imperial Sugar I knew I had to make some! I love to browse Imperial Sugar’s site around the holidays because they have a ton of crafts, printables and recipes that you can make WITH your kids. This one was super fun and easy!

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

 They have the recipe on their site (with exact amounts HERE) but this is pretty much all you need:

  • Half and Half
  • Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Whipped Cream
  • Strawberries
  • White Chocolate
  • Red Food collating (optional)
  • Salt

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

 The Strawberry Syrup is made from strawberries, sugar, water and red food coloring. I added a squeeze of lemon juice because I like to add lemons to everything :)

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

Then you bring that to a boil and let it simmer for a few minutes, until the strawberries break down. Strain the strawberries out and pour the syrup into an airtight container. This was the kids favorite part! Then they started listing all of the things they would put this on haha!

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

The White Hot Chocolate is so simple… white chocolate, sugar, vanilla, half and half and a pinch of salt. This took no time at all to melt together, make sure not to let it boil! Once it’s smooth just pour it into your mug!

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

Top with whipped cream and drizzle with strawberry sauce!  This would be the hit of any party! Be sure to check out Imperial Sugar for more recipes and festive ideas. They are also having a giveaway for KitchenAid Stand Mixer so go check it out! Happy Halloween everyone :)

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

It’s finally fall! My favorite season full of pumpkins and parties and costumes and crafting! Today I have the pleasure of sharing a tutorial from Imperial Sugar, Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins! It’s fun, kid friendly and delicious. Imperial Sugar has a ton of fun edible Halloween crafts to make with your kids so check them out HERE. As usual, my boys did most of this project alone, I just was the supervisor ;)

We made the homemade Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn together in the kitchen then we decorated pumpkin faces and stitched them up. These would make a fun gift but we just kept them for ourselves!

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (or canola)
  • 2/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Imperial Sugar Cinnamon Sugar Shaker (this wasn’t available at my grocery store yet so I mixed my own but I’m excited to find the shaker!)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Directions for the Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn:

1. Add the coconut oil and three popcorn kernels to a large pot with a tight fitting lid. Cover and cook over medium-high heat until all kernels pop. Take the three kernels out of the pot.
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2. Add the rest of the popcorn kernels. Cover and take the pot off of the heat. Wait 30 seconds. Put the pot back on the heat.
Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins
3. Cook, shaking the pot occasionally until the popping slows down. After about 2 minutes, take the lid off of the pot. This lets the steam out and keeps the popcorn crisp.

4. While the popcorn is popping, melt the butter.

5. Pour over the popcorn and sprinkle with salt and cinnamon sugar. Toss until completely coated. You could also do this in a large paper bag. Let cinnamon popcorn cool completely.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

 

 

Supplies for Treat Bags: 

  • Colored yarn or string
  • Hole punch
  • Heavier weight brown craft paper, colored paper or white paper (we used orange cardstock)
  • Scissors
  • Colors, markers or colored pencils (optional)

Directions for Treat Bags: 

  1. Print out the Pumpkin and Apple Stuffed Paper Bag Patterns. You can print directly onto brown craft paper or you could use colored paper,  or white paper that you hand color. Choose a heavier weight paper if your printer will allow it, as super thin paper will tear when stitching up the sides. We used orange cardstock then decorated them like jack-o-lanterns.
  2. Cut out the pattern. Use a hole punch to punch holes where indicated.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Remaining Directions: 
While popcorn is cooling, begin stitching up your paper patterns. Using colored yarn, stitch the front and back pieces together. Tie a knot in both ends of the yarn to keep it from coming loose. We started from one side (at the bottom) then went around to the other side across the top then stopped.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Leave the bottom part of the pattern open. Before sewing it entirely closed, fill with Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn.

Using colored yarn, stitch the front and back pieces together. Tie a knot in both ends of the yarn to keep it from coming loose.

Once it is full, stitch up the bottom of the stuffed paper bag and tie off ends of yarn. Cut off any excess yarn. Now you have a fun treat to take to your party, give to a friend or eat! 

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

When ready to eat, just tear the stuffed paper bag open and enjoy.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

This post was sponsored by Imperial Sugar but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wicked Good Witch Hat Cookies

wiched good witch hat cookies

October is here.. my favorite month of the year and the kick-off to all things festive :)

Along with pumpkin patching, trick-or-treating and quilting; fall means it’s time to bake. My boys love helping me in the kitchen… especially my youngest son! We call him the future chef because he is always asking about ingredients and wants to taste every single spice that goes into every dish. When I came across the Wicked Good Witch Hat Cookies from Imperial Sugar I knew the boys would love making them. Imperial has a ton of spooky new recipes and crafts you can do with your kids. So many great ideas that would be great for Halloween parties, favors, neighbor or teacher gifts, etc. They also have free printables, coloring pages and activities for kids!

Ingredients:

  • Oreo cookies
  • Green fondant
  • 1  cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 cups Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar

Directions: 

  1. To make edible playdough: use your hands to mix peanut butter, honey and powdered sugar in large bowl. The dough should be soft enough to be pliable and not sticky.
  2. Shape dough into cone shape for top of witch hat.
  3. In ziplock bag, crush several Oreo cookies (without the creamy filling) into small pieces.
  4. Empty crushed cookies onto a plate and roll each “playdough” witch hat in the Oreos until coated
  5. Place coated hat on top of Oreo cookies. If the hat doesn’t want to stay, you can use a dollup of canned icing to hold it in place.
  6. Cut thin strip of green fondant to make a band for the hat. Attach to cookie at base of cone-shaped top.

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The recipe starts out with edible play dough! How fun is that? I could just stop there and the boys would be happy :) I really wanted them to try as much of this recipe themselves… brace yourselves moms, this gets kind of messy but they will love it! They mixed Imperial powdered sugar, peanut butter and honey with their HANDS!

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witch hat cookies

Can you believe this turns into play dough?!

witch hat cookies

So fun!

witch hat cookies

witch hat cookies

After we made the play dough (and played with it a little :) I let the boys form the dough into little cones.

witch hat cookies

witch hat cookies

Then we made cookie crumbs in the food processor. The boys also loved this part!

witch hat cookies

We rolled the cones in the cookie crumbs and placed them on an oreo. The last step is to add a green fondant ribbon to finish the witch hat!

witch hat cookies

Now… ours aren’t as pretty as the ones on the Imperial Sugar page, but the boys were so proud! And besides a little measuring, they pretty much made them with no help! I love how they turned out!

witch hat cookies

witch hat cookies

witch hat cookies

How cute would these be for a Halloween Party or a Playgroup craft project!? Be sure to check out the Imperial Sugar page for more fun Halloween Ideas!

http://www.imperialsugar.com/halloween

This post was sponsored by Imperial Sugar, all thought and opinion are my own.

Fresh Peach Dump Cake – a Recipe

Happy National Peach Month… did you even know it was national peach month? Because I didn’t- even before I made this dessert. I guess its a good month for it because I was craving a peach dessert. How intuitive of me :)

It all started when I went to the farmers market and spotted these amazing peaches. I was originally going to juice them (in my juicer) but like I said, I wanted a cobbler of some sort.

I am also a big fan of dump cake. We grew up eating dump cake in our family so I thought our recipe was the only version; canned cherries, pineapple and nuts. With the birth of Pinterest I saw a recipe for pumpkin dump cake and almost died! So I figure we can pretty much dump anything in and call it dump cake.

I wanted to add something else and I had a few plums so I threw those in too.

The beauty of a dump cake is that you can “dump” in whatever you want, throw a box of yellow cake mix on top, add some butter and bake.

I used:
4 fresh peaches and 2 fresh plums

cinnamon and nutmeg

a box of yellow cake mix on top

and butter

Fresh Peach Dump Cake
4-6 fresh peaches chopped
2-3 fresh plums chopped
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 box yellow cake mix
3/4 stick butter
- Preheat to 350
- Mix fresh chopped fruit with spices in the bottom of an oven safe dish
- Sprinkle cake mix over the top
- Slice butter and place on top
- Bake for 45 mins to 1 hr @350

So yummy… what kind of dump cake have you made? Post a link if you have a go to dump cake recipe!

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